My son Fred is seriously ill with typhoid, but I have been unable to visit him while Longstreet is threatening Knoxville. Now that the threat seems to have subsided and Gen. Thomas is prepared to take command, I am leaving to visit Fred in St. Louis. I wrote Gen. Halleck,
LOUISVILLE, KY.., January 25, 1864-7.40 p. m.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
I left Chattanooga 6.30 p. m. yesterday. General Thomas has full instructions to go in person to Foster’s aid if necessary, and, in case he does, not to leave until Longstreet is driven form Tennessee. I go on to-night to Saint Louis. Will keep up telegraphic communication with my command, and should Thomas go into East Tennessee I will go immediately to Chattanooga. Thomas will be ready to move his troops at once, should the emergency arise.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 66
O.R., I, xxxii, part 2, p 207